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Twenty Wishes

(Blossom Street #5)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  16,501 ratings  ·  1,319 reviews
What do you want most in the world?

What Anne Marie Roche wants is to find happiness again. At thirty-eight, she's childless, a recent widow, alone. She owns a successful bookstore on Seattle's Blossom Street, but despite her accomplishments, there's a feeling of emptiness.

On Valentine's Day, Anne Marie and several other widows get together to celebrate…hope. They each begi
Hardcover, 360 pages
Published April 29th 2008 by MIRA (first published January 1st 2008)
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Jack Vasen If you plan to read several, it will flow better in order. Regarding how interrelated individual books are in Romance series, this series follows more…moreIf you plan to read several, it will flow better in order. Regarding how interrelated individual books are in Romance series, this series follows more of a flow than a lot of them. Lydia, for example, the owner of the yarn store, is a major character in 3 of the first four books (far as I've gone). Hers and others characters appear frequently and some of them develop a little more as each book in the series progresses. Put simply, it makes more sense in order.

Also, later books will spoil some minor surprises of earlier books, some more minor than others. There is one in particular in the first book that loses it's impact if you see the results as they exist in later books.

Individually, any book can stand alone because the others fills in necessary details and each story is complete.

If possible, read book 1 first (The Shop on Blossom Street) and you will get a flavor for the series. Book 3, Susannah's Garden is unusual in the series in that it completely stands alone and there are few spoilers when one or two of the characters show up in later books. Therefore it would be another good place to start if you don't have book 1.(less)

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Aug 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book has actually changed my life. It is a novel about making goals for yourself in your life. I loved it. I actually made a 20 wishes list for myself and have completed one wish so far. It makes me excited to try new things in life and remember some of the goals I have had in life.

Apr 08, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
This would have to be one of my favorite in the Blossom Street Book Series.

1. The Shop on Blossom Street
2. The Good Yarn
3. Susannah's Garden
4. Back on Blossom Street
5. Twenty Wishes
6. Summer on Blossom Street?
7. Hannah's List

I fell in love with the characters. I can't wait for the next book.
Susan Mallery
Dec 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book, and I'm really excited to read Debbie's story "The Twenty-First Wish" in THE KNITTING DIARIES. (Full disclosure - I wrote one of the stories in THE KNITTING DIARIES, too.) ...more
Jun 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. It made me realize that no matter what happens you shouldn't give up hope or stop wishing.

I like the fact that Debbie Macomber is able to weave characters that have flaws and problems just like the rest of us but they aren't so over the top that you don't believe them.

She also gives you updates about characters in previous Bloomsom Street books and works them into the story. It was like hanging out with old friends and making new ones.
Mar 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
At the annual Christmas party of the Sisters of the Sauna, the conversation turned to books as it often does. Our hostess, an excellent storyteller, said that she had read this book and it changed her life. She said that she had begun practicing random a acts of kindness with suprising outcomes. As my antenna is always scaniing the conversations of my friends for great books, I decided to search for it. I secretly hoped it wasn't one of those selfhelp books preach about changing my gutterbound w ...more
Jul 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
CIP: What do you want most in the world?

Anne Marie Roche wants to find happiness again. At 38 her life s not what she d expected--she s childless, a recent widow, alone. She owns a successful bookstore on Seattle s Blossom Street, but despite her accomplishments, there s a feeling of emptiness.

On Valentine s Day, Anne Marie and several other widows get together to celebrate...what? Hope, possibility, the future. They each begin a list of twenty wishes, things they always wanted to do but never d
Kayla Edwards
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book surprised me. Working in a small town library, you would think that I'd read Debbie Macomber before but this was my first time reading one of her books - and I can safely say it won't be the last. It was incredible to me how something as simple as a plan among four friends to make up and fulfill twenty wishes could snowball into something so much bigger and touch so many lives. I cannot wait to read the rest of this series! ...more
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this sweet story with a happy ending and also liked it by making my own 20 wishes/ goals.
Jun 14, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommended to Amy by: cheryl jones (reggiesgirl)
This was one of the last books bumma was reading, and while she didn't have the strength to finish it, the idea of a group of widows meeting made her wistful. She lost her beloved 28 years ago today, which would have been their 68th anniversary, and never loved another man. She told me once that she thought when my dad first died, that she might remarry, because she was so young. But she soon realized she had no interest in finding another man. She found other passions in her life: grandchildren ...more
Jan 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
I haven't read a Debbie Macomber book in quite a while, and I was pleased with this one. It talks about four widows creating a list of twenty wishes. That are supposed to help them get back to living life. As someone currently dealing with a death in my family it was a great way to remember not to dwell on it, and to remember to keep living your life. ...more
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite adult books.
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is women's fiction, and this is the 5th book in the Blossom Street series. Debbie Macomber is one of my favorite author. Blossom Street series is the first Debbie Macomber books I picked up, and I love them so much. This book is about Anne Marie Roche who own a bookstore near the knitting shop that the first couple books follow. I love that this book as a lot of older main characters because not a lot of books as older characters. I love all the characters in this book. Just like many Debbi ...more
Feb 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Debbie, as she always has been for me, had me entranced and enthralled in this book. The lights had gone out in Georgia and I still couldn't put this book down. I curled up next to the lantern and the window and read each and every page. This book is a keeper. ...more
Aug 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those who want a great story
An interesting book that has many surprises. It was great to see how each person's story unfolded. Many great lessons to learn, among them were forgiveness and to look beyond the obvious. ...more
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Anne Marie, Lillie, and Barbie are all friends who each recently lost a husband and are widowers. Eager to find love and happiness again, they come up with a list of twenty wishes of things they would love to accomplish. Will their wishes come true? Read on and find out for yourself.

This was a pretty good women's fiction romance book. If you like stories about friends, family, forgiveness, and wishes, then definitely check this book out for yourself. Its available at your local library and where
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it of course! 💖💖💖💖 I adore this series!!
May 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Still travelling, but I have small slips of time where I can read for a moment or three. Finished this book on the short flight from Turin to Munich this afternoon.

Debbie Macomber is another of my favourite authors. So far I have enjoyed every one of her books and have not yet been disappointed with her touching stories. I love the idea of making a list of wishes and taking actions to make them come true. Some occur by happenstance, but I think the desire has to be there and you have to be open
Sep 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely wonderful addition to the Blossom Street series. The new charecters in the bookstore, the return of old favorite characters, and the connections they make with each other. A group of ladies who have one thing in common, being a widow, set out to make the best of a Valentines Day alone. The idea of making a list of 20 wishes is joking tossed about, then they all decide to do that very thing.
Debbie Macober is such a creative writter that is able to make each persons wishes real, warm a
Mar 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This was I booked I lucked out on. I had never heard of it, but picked it up anyway. It is about 4 widows that get together on Valentines, and decide to make 20 wishes, (not to be confused with goals). It was fun as they each became committed to their wishes that the wish would bring them so much joy. Ann Marie (one of the widows) decided to volunteer in an elementary school and have lunch with an 8 year old girl, which turns out to be so much more. This an easy read but so enjoyable. I loved it ...more
May 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
My Mom gave me this book and said "It was a cute story, that I should read it." I took the book thinking to myself, I will never read it... That night I had some free time so I thought what the heck... I'll read it! To my surprise I liked it and finished the book in three days. I loved how each of these women decided to what makes them happy and no one else. It was a cute book seeing how they made there 20 wishes come true... It made think of what my 20 wishes are... I am actually still in progr ...more
Jun 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
Twenty Wishes. MANY more than just three! But there is no genie involved. It's all up to you. What does your heart desire? That is the first question, and perhaps the most difficult to answer.

And once you have identified what it is you want, share it with friends, and go out and make it happen!
Nov 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
This was such a cute book! It really made me think about what I would like to do in life that I never seem to find the time for. This book inspired me to have my family make a list of wishes for the Christmas season(wishes that can not be bought with money).
Aug 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I love a sappy happy book.
May 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I would give this one a 6 out of 5 if I could. This is definetly one of my favorites by Debbie Macomber and I've read at least 2/3 of her books. ...more
Apr 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Absolutely loved this book. So far this is my favorite book in the Blossom Street Series. Made me want to start thinking about my own twenty wishes.
Nicole Leigh Reads
Feb 11, 2021 rated it liked it
Twenty Wishes started out very sweet, cute, and endearing. I really like this concept, and while it was pretty predictable, I enjoyed the coziness of Blossom Street and all its small businesses and patrons.

At some point toward the middle and the end it started to feel a little soap opera-ish to me. It becomes a little bit more petty drama and a little less about the wishes and dreams of the characters for a rather decent chunk.

It followed three storylines; those of Anne Marie, Barbie, and Lilli
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
My daughter-in-law told me a long time ago that she loved books by Debbie Macomber. While visiting a book sale, I purchased this particular book for her for just one dollar, and it was in very good condition. Before reading it, I also had to read the first four books, and now I am glad that I did! I am hooked on the series, and I am ready to give the book to my daughter-in-law.
Bohdana Muzyka
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
For me, the end of February is the hardest time of the year: cold, colorless, dark and tiring. By the happy coincidence, I came across the "Twenty Wishes" exactly during that season and it helped me realize one more time: no matter how difficult the situation is, there's always a way out and the Spring will come eventually. Just don't stop making wishes. You'll never know when and in what shape they might come true.
A light-hearted and cozy book that tastes good with green tea, honey, and nuts.
Jun 12, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. This was the best book in the series so far! Loved it!
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, favorites, novel
An ordinary group of widows become extra-ordinary after deciding to make a list of 20 wishes for their future. Warm and cozy story of how these wishes became reality.
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Other books in the series

Blossom Street (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • The Shop on Blossom Street (Blossom Street, #1)
  • A Good Yarn (Blossom Street, #2)
  • Susannah's Garden (Blossom Street, #3)
  • Back on Blossom Street (Blossom Street, #4)
  • Summer on Blossom Street (Blossom Street, #6)
  • Hannah's List (Blossom Street, #7)
  • A Turn in the Road (Blossom Street, #8)
  • Starting Now (Blossom Street, #9)
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